Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and when they do it is important that you’re prepared. Aside from visiting a dentist as soon as possible to have your teeth checked, there are a few other things that you can do depending on the specific dental emergencies.

In particular, these four important tips will help you to deal with various dental emergencies:

  • Try replacing a knocked out tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out recently (i.e. within the last 30 minutes) you should try replacing it immediately. While that won’t fix the problem, it will ensure the root remains undamaged until you manage to go to a dentist to have it looked at.

  • Place a knocked out tooth in a glass of milk

Assuming it has been longer than 30 minutes or you can’t replace your tooth in its place then the next best thing is to get a glass of cold milk and put it in. That will help to protect it in a similar fashion, so that the root doesn’t get damaged.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water if there is blood

If you bit your tongue or lip or suffered some other form of cut and there is some blood, rinse your mouth out with some warm water. That should help to clean the area, and reduce the risk of infection. Of course if you are bleeding profusely it is important that you rush to a dentist immediately.

  • Use a cold compress to help swelling subside

In some cases if you suffered a knock near your mouth or cracked a tooth there may be some swelling. Using a cold compress (or a few ice cubes in a cloth) and applying it to the outside of your mouth near the affected area can help the swelling to subside.

It helps to know the contact details of at least one emergency dentist in Northampton or wherever you live – just in case anything ever happens and you need to rush over. While some dental emergencies such as slight swellings or small chips can wait for a few days, in other cases such as when you’ve lost a tooth or there is profuse bleeding it would help to get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Knowing where to go when that happens could be a huge help, rather than having to look it up at the last minute.